CORONAVIRUS UPDATE - 6th January 2021
So, once again we are in full national lockdown - almost as it all began last year. However now at least we have the hope of a vaccine, although full rollout may take a while, and public worship in Church is permitted.
However, we have taken the decision not to continue with services here for the time being. This was not an easy decision to make, but it would appear that Downton and Morgan's Vale are currently a Covid-19 hotspot (according to the Salisbury Journal there are 39 cases; +29 on the previous week). So this would seem a sensible precaution. This means that there will be no service at St Laurence on Sunday and until further notice. A similar decision has been made across our Team. This is in line with permission given by Bishop Nicholas, and I have informed him of our decision. We will continue, though, with Private Prayer in Church on a Wednesday morning at least for the time being. We place ourselves in God’s hands, for ‘we walk by faith, not by sight’ (2 Corinthians 5:7).
We will continue to have midweek prayers (this is not a public service) and a recorded Sunday service which will be available through the website. The Church will be open for private prayer on Wednesdays and Sundays between 11am and 12pm, when you are welcome to come and spend some quiet time.
As the Church our prayer and service for our community continues across the village. We will continue praying for everyone and providing as much support as we can during these difficult times.
I may be unable to visit in person, but I am still available to provide pastoral support, or even just to have a chat. You can contact me on 01725 510326 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I am also continuing to share Bible passages and some thoughts on a regular basis which can be found on our Daily Reflections page. Please contact me if you would like to receive these by email.
Revd. Frank Gimson (Vicar)